For over 100 years Pine Mountain has been focused on enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
An in-depth digital look at the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive. The collections
Now over 2,000 pages of local and regional history and biographies.
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE
The Vision of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive is to provide a voice that will encourage transformations in our relationship to the cultures of the Appalachian region through access to a unique and extensive body of material about a rural settlement school within the region. The rural settlement school movement and its impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Appalachians is a story that has sometimes been misrepresented, romanticized, or only partially understood. We envision an accessible, deep, vibrant and vital resource that will encourage exploration and collaborative dialogue about the hidden and sometimes contested history of rural settlement schools. We envision broader dissemination of research materials across all public, private, and federal sectors interested in Appalachian cultures and life. more …
OUR ARCHIVAL MISSION
The Pine Mountain Settlement School archival mission supports the institutional mission and strategic planning goals. Our institutional mission continues a long 107-year history of multiple educational and social enrichment programs centered on the local community and beyond. Once a boarding school with a progressive educational curriculum, Pine Mountain School’s recent educational programming has moved away from residential education to multi-faceted offerings of short-term environmental, cultural, medical, social, agricultural, and art and craft programs and workshops. But, the archive has not moved away from, nor will it move away from, a commitment to Pine Mountain as place and people. more …
To access the Archive go to INDEX TO ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS (also at the top of the page).
Go to PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL MAIN PAGE to learn more about the School’s current workshops, community interaction, annual events, and other activities. It is also where you can find information about donating to the School and visiting the campus.
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ARCHIVE WHAT’S NEW AND OLD!
I can think of nothing so satisfying on a cold morning as a hot-buttered biscuit with warm sorghum running between the fingers or even down the chin. Photographs found in the Pine Mountain archive, provide a window into the production and use of sorghum molasses at the School. The production of sorghum molasses is a practice that has been resurrected many times throughout the history of the institution.
Not long after, the preacher heard his mountain friend was drunk and riding to his cabin asked point blank,
“Did you get drunk?”
“Yes” was the answer,
“I got powerful drunk but I got drunk innercent.“
SEE WHAT’S NEW! ARCHIVE for previous featured collections. For example: GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY.
11/23 ANNA BROCKSCHLAGER Correspondence I – Part one of correspondence of a PMSS housemother and worker at the Medical Settlement at Big Laurel in the late 1920s.
11/16 H.R.S. BENJAMIN Staff – Images and transcription of an autobiography were added to the page for H.R.S. Benjamin, PMSS Director from 1944 until 1949, detailing his many experiences, including missionary work in China.
11/9 Dr. and Mrs. FRANK W. NEWMAN Staff – Biography of the PMSS physician & nurse (Elizabeth Anderson Newman) who served at the PMSS Infirmary from 1934 to 1935.
11/6 Dr. FRANK W. NEWMAN Correspondence, 1933 – 1941
11/2 PUBLICATIONS RELATED 1940 7th National Folk Dance Festival Guide
11/2 DANCE Folk Dance Festivals 1939-1941 – Images and list of contents of reports, correspondence & programs of festivals at Berea, Laurel Cove & Pineville.
11/2 064 LIFE AND WORK FARM 1940s-1950s Photograph pages – Chickens, eggs, beef butchering, sorghum production, sheep, Ayrshire cows, barn, corn, etc.
11/1 064 LIFE AND WORK FARM 1940s-1950s Photograph singles – Chickens, eggs, beef butchering, sorghum production, planting crops, harvesting
10/22 B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1928-1936 (Part I) Master craftsman at Pine Mountain and Berea and maintenance supervisor at PMSS. Annotated correspondence with images and list of contents.
10/22 B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1936-1941 (Part II)
10/25 B.C. “BOONE” CALLAHAN Correspondence 1941 – 1954 (Part III)
10/8 WINIFRED POWELL Staff – Biography of a PMSS Teacher, Housemother, 1931-1939.
10/5 WINIFRED POWELL CORRESPONDENCE II 1936-1938
10/3 WINIFRED POWELL CORRESPONDENCE I 1931-1935 – Images and list of contents of a housemother’s letters.
9/25 MEDICAL SETTLEMENT BIG LAUREL Prospectus 1921-1940 – Outline of objectives, financials, and staffing of the medical settlement at Big Laurel.
9/25 GLYN MORRIS TALKS 1937 ‘Tight Places‘ – Images and transcription; includes a prayer.
9/20 ADMINISTRATION PMSS Government and Corporate Relations Component 1983 – Development plans to enlarge the base of support for the Pine Mountain Settlement School.
9/17 DEAR FRIEND Letter 1949 – James S. Crutchfield describes several major changes at Pine Mountain Settlement School.
9/16 DANCING IN THE CABBAGE PATCH Sheep – A history of sheep and related weaving in the Pine Mountain valley and Central Kentucky.
9/10 HISTORIES 1899 A Novel Excursion by Maria McVay – A travel journal of 1899 trip to Eastern Kentucky of a group of 19. The weeks-long journey included Henry Mixter Penniman (leader from Berea), Madeline McDowell Breckenridge and Ellen Churchill Semple, among others.
9/08 THE WILDERNESS ROAD IN KENTUCKY by Wm Allen Pusey I – Full text of the early and important book that traces the course of the well-known pioneer road.
THE WILDERNESS ROAD IN KENTUCKY by Wm Allen Pusey II
9/07 BARBARA WILBUR FAULKNER Correspondence – Staff at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the late 1930s.
9/05 LUCRETIA GARFIELD Correspondence Part 2 – Granddaughter of President Garfield and staff at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the 1920s
8/28 LUCRETIA GARFIELD Correspondence Part 1 – Granddaughter of President Garfield and staff at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the 1920s
8/18 FARM Guide to Sheep, Goats, Weaving – A guide to the history of sheep in the Pine Mountain valley from pioneer days until the present.
8/18 FARM Harlan County Farm Defense Program WWII by William Hayes, PMSS Farm Supervisor, as a special to The Pine Cone, 1942.
8/18 PUBLICATIONS RELATED W.H. Gaumnitz “Education in the Southern Mountains 1938 – “Through a deep dive into scientific data and graphs, the various modes of education in the Southern Mountains are explored.”
8/18 CHARLES F. NESBITT Staff at Big Laurel Medical Center, 1923-1924. Married Aileene Lewis.
8/16 AILEENE LEWIS NESBITT Staff at Big Laurel Medical Center, 1923-1925. Married to Charles F. Nesbitt.
8/14 AILEENE LEWIS NESBITT Correspondence
8/10 Dr. ABBY NOYES LITTLE Correspondence, 1926-1947, after she left the PMSS Infirmary in 1918.
7/26 PARK W. FISHER Visitor – Correspondence – Sought PMSS’s help with his WWI fundraising efforts.
7/10 – 7/27 DEAR FRIEND Letters and Brochures 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 (Go to DEAR FRIEND LETTERS Index for links.)
7/01 ALUMNI RELATIONS 1997 Mailing – PMSS Association of Alumni & Friends mailing.
COMMENTS and CONTACT
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PMSS ARCHIVE MISSION STATEMENT (extended)
FORMS & INFORMATION
ABOUT OCR TEXT
Many of the texts included in this site have been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. In some cases, these texts have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original publication and its condition at the time of microfilming. Publications with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
CITATION OF MATERIALS
Any PUBLIC use of material must properly cite Pine Mountain Settlement School in the following manner:
“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. [date], Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. [date accessed]
The manuscript collections and archival records in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections may contain sensitive and/or confidential information derived from historical archives that may be protected under federal and state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who wish to publish and users who may share material from the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections are advised by this notice that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in some collections within the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. may be a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person for which Pine Mountain Settlement School assumes no responsibility.
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See INDEX TO COLLECTIONS for an overview of collections and series.